Anyango Mpinga is taking over the global fashion scene with her remarkable designs. Certainly, she has a keen eye for contemporary art. Additionally, her multicultural Luo and Sukuma heritages have undoubtedly played a big role in the nature of her designs. Her collections embody both the modern and traditional elements to craft sophistication.
Her commercial fashion design journey began in 2011 in Kenya. Later, she organized her first fashion show in Ethiopia. The fashion show gained a lot of positive attention and more people started to resonate with her designs. Indeed, the success and positive feedback motivated her to establish a design studio in Nairobi and a collection line called ‘Anyango Mpinga Designs’.
Furthermore, in 2014, the Berlin-based agency, FA254 chose her for the ‘African Designers for Tomorrow’ competition in Nairobi. This opportunity opened her way to international platforms. Certainly, Anyango is one of the lucky African designers to parade her designs on international platforms. For instance, she has displayed her designs in Tokyo, Paris, Lagos and Helsinki international fashion weeks. Further, international fashion magazines including Vogue, Forbes and Elle have also featured her designs. Therefore, below, we seek to explain why her designs resonate with people globally and how she promotes sustainable fashion.
Phonology and Universal Love Design Inspiration
Anyango Mpinga labeled her 2019 collection phonology since she draws her inspiration from language and sound patterns. Therefore, in her phonology collections, she uses sound-waves of the word “I love you” from 25 different languages; 10 major tribes of Kenya and 15 from languages from the rest of the world. Indeed, Mpinga believes that as human, people should approach each other from the point of love and compassion.
Free as a Human
Additionally, Anyango’s newspaper and hummingbird print design collections address the topic of humanity. Mpinga believes that people should be free and not bound to modern slavery. Moreover, this collection raises awareness of human trafficking, modern slavery and the use of child labor. Further, she believes that everyone, just like the hummingbird, was born free and should enjoy their freedoms.
Literary Disenthrallment Collection
Further, Anyango’s Literary Disenthrallment collection features the social constructs of gender inequality. Mpinga seeks to use her collection to liberate women from traditional norms and remind them of their capabilities. She drew her inspiration from Lamu Island in Kenya. As such, she provides the world with a taste of the Swahili culture.
Sustainable Fashion Using 3D Technology
Indeed, 3D modeling is the new technology in the fashion industry and Anyango Mpinga has embraced it. Actually, she is among the first designers to embrace this technology to showcase her designs.
Mpinga designs and stitches her collections digitally in 3D to avoid wasting materials. Further, apart from using plant-based materials and eco-innovation to eliminate fashion waste, she designs her collections to have long lifecycles.